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Implementation of information literacy programmes in public libraries

George Kingori (( is Doctor at the University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.)
Dorothy Njiraine (University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.)
Stephen Maina (University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 4 April 2016




The purpose of this study is to examine the implementation of information literacy programmes in the public libraries in Kenya as demonstrated through a case study of the major public library in the country – Kenya National Library Service (KNLS).


The use of a case study research design made it possible to establish in-depth personal views, opinions and attitudes of the various respondents through face-to-face interviews and questionnaires. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches were used to collect data from the respondents. Purposive and random sampling techniques were used, and data were analyzed.


Major findings of this study indicated that the majority of users at the KNLS relied heavily on the print information materials, while some users, especially researchers, utilized the Internet for their academic work or research. The findings indicated that information literacy should be embedded in the information literacy programmes in all public libraries.

Research limitations/implications

The study was confined to the KNLS. A much wider scope could be untenable, necessitating such limitation.

Practical implications

As KNLS is the national library charged with the responsibility of providing public library services, it is a major player in terms of policies and guidelines. The study will encourage users in public libraries to appreciate the importance of information resources and also sensitize public library administrators to support information literacy programmes.

Social implications

The study will enable the educational administrators to develop and plan relevant instructional models related to information literacy, critical thinking and independent learning. The challenges and solutions experienced at the KNLS can be applied in other public libraries in Kenya.


The study identified the various gaps and challenges that exists in implementation of information literacy programmes in public libraries. Major recommendations of this study are: users should be provided with training on use of information resources; library staff should be provided with methodology skills to make them effective trainers; and public libraries should partner with other stakeholders to provide information literacy programmes. In addition, adequate funding for physical, material and human resources should be provided to facilitate the implementation of information literacy programmes in the public libraries in Kenya.



Kingori, G., Njiraine, D. and Maina, S. (2016), "Implementation of information literacy programmes in public libraries", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 17-22.



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